In early 2007 I was walking along Piccadilly with my wife. We were returning home from work and I confessed that I didn’t believe I would return to my legal studies. Nor that I wanted to continue a career in law. In fact, I wanted to be a writer.
Rather than laugh, or try to talk me out of it, she said I had to follow my dreams.
Four years on and I find myself the co-founder of an indie publishing house, and managing editor of Write Anything. Somehow, I don’t know how, but I’ve managed to fool a lot of people into thinking I know what I’m talking about! Still, I’ll not complain about it, it’s rather flattering. Although I suspect I may need to actually start doing some work.
For those who don’t know me, I’m a Scottish writer living in London. Married, with one gecko and one old typewriter, I enjoy reading a wide range of fiction, but I mainly write urban fantasy, with a recent diversion into steampunk.
My main influences are HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle and recently Fyodor Dostoevsky and Sergei Lukyanenko.
For the past three years I was the Sunday columnist for Write Anything. Now that I’m managing editor I intend to step back a little and let others speak, but before you all breathe a huge sigh of relief that, at long last, I’m going to shut up, I have some bad news. You’ll still hear from me often. I am steering Write Anything towards a magazine format rather than simply a blog, and as such you’ll find a monthly editorial, as well as a final message at the end of the month.
This week we (re)introduce the rest of the editorial team, all of whom are veterans of Write Anything: Jodi Cleghorn, Annie Evett, and Dale Challener Roe. Then from Saturday you can meet our new team of writers.
Now it really is time for me to sit back and let the rest of the team speak.
Welcome to a bigger, brighter, revitalised Write Anything.